Pellissippi State appoints Byrd new dean of English

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.– Pellissippi State Technical Community College has selected Associate Professor Kathy Byrd to be the new dean of the English Department. Byrd replaces Lois Reynolds, who recently stepped down after serving in the position for 18 years.

Allen Edwards, Pellissippi State president, announced the appointment May 23.

“I am pleased to announce that Kathy Byrd has accepted the role of dean of the English Department at Pellissippi State,” he said. “I look forward to working with Dean Byrd in her new role.”

Byrd, a member of the English faculty since 1992, taught at Blount County Center for 15 years and served as coordinator of the Dual Enrollment program for the past year.

“Lois Reynolds deserves a lot of credit for her exemplary leadership and tireless service to Pellissippi State over the years,” Byrd said. “She has given me a great model to follow, and I look forward to continuing to work with a wonderful group of departmental colleagues whose dedication, passion and creativity I admire.”

Byrd earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee. She taught journalism and English at Illinois State University, the University of Cincinnati and Maryville College before coming to Pellissippi State as an instructor in English. She was promoted to assistant professor in 1995 and associate professor in 1999.

Byrd has been a member of the college’s Faculty Council for 11 years and served a two-year term as president. In 1998-99, she received Pellissippi State’s Outstanding Full-time Faculty award.

In 2003 Byrd was appointed by Gov. Phil Bredesen to be the faculty representative to the Tennessee Board of Regents, the college’s governing body. Along with Pellissippi State colleague David Vinson, she co-chaired the Steering Committee and led the TBR Faculty Forum in Nashville in 2007.

Byrd is a member of the Leadership Blount Class of 2007, the National Council of Teachers of English and the Two-Year College English Association of Tennessee.

A sports enthusiast who enjoys running, cycling, tennis and golf, she completed the Knoxville Half-Marathon in March. Byrd lives in Maryville with her husband, Leonard Butts, interim sports editor at The Daily Times. They are the parents of two daughters: Lauren, a graduate student at Syracuse University, and Courtlin, a junior at Vanderbilt University.